One of the councillors hoping to take over the role of leader of Crawley’s Conservative Group has had his nomination refused.
Cllr Liam Marshall-Ascough (Con, Southgate) was informed that his nomination – which was not submitted until right on the deadline at noon today (Wednesday September 4) – was not valid.
An email shared with the Observer informed Cllr Marshall-Ascough that his nomination had not been submitted in the correct order – proposer, seconder and consent to be nominated – and, as such, he would not be allowed to stand.
Cllr Marshall-Ascough called the reasons for refusal “petty” and added: “If I’m honest, I’m obviously really upset.”
When asked why his nomination had been left to the last minute, he said: “It was just one of those things. There was a slight misunderstanding on what needed to be done.
“The party have said I can appeal to the group. Maybe at the group meeting [tomorrow] the group can decide to overturn the decision.”
The new Conservative group leader will be elected tomorrow evening (Thursday September 5).
The new Leader of Crawley Borough Council will be selected at a meeting of the Full Council on September 26. The meeting will be held at the town hall at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.